Parents' Guide to

Don't Think Twice

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Poignant, profound dramedy deals with mature themes.

Movie R 2016 90 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

I watched it with my 11 & 14 year old (mature) girls and am glad we did

My 11-year-old thought that the movie was rated R because one of the characters is shown habitually smoking a bowl. My 14-year-old thought that the movie might not be for teenagers because it "depicted the harsh realities of life and how peoples hopes and dreams are often crushed". She rated it a 7.5/10 and said that it was a good movie. What made me uncomfortable was the regular overtones of sex. One couple was shown in bed on a regular basis. All that was shown was kissing but the implication was that sex happened. Another character had the reputation of having casual sex—again, none was actually shown. This movie is real life, as only Ira Glass and Mike Birbiglia can tell it (even though I'm mad at Ira for being so political lately).

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Written and directed by Birbiglia, who also stars, this dramedy doesn't go for easy laughs -- or for obvious tears; instead, it presents humanity in all its confusing glory. What happens when the people we love become more successful than us? What happens when we don't want success? And what happens when love runs its course? It's challenging to distil the magic of an art form, especially one as ephemeral as improv. It's just as hard to capture the nuance in envy. But Don't Think Twice does so, in both cases, with obvious love, honesty, and empathy.

Sometimes the movie feels almost like an embarrassment of riches -- there are many storylines to follow, and some feel disappointingly truncated -- but for the most part, it's clearly informed by a keen knowledge of comedy and how hard it is to survive it -- and thrive from it -- in a world so full of disappointment. Don't think twice about seeing this: Say yes.

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